FAIRMONT - Three businesses are slated to fill the shopping center under construction north of Walmart in Fairmont, but only two are talking at this time.
Maurices has announced it is moving from its current location at Five Lakes Centre, and Wireless World will join it. Sources have indicated the Dollar Tree, currently neighboring Hy-Vee grocery store, is the third business. Management at the Dollar Tree declined to comment.
The 7,800 square-foot building that will house the three stores is owned by Fairmont Development Group LLC - not to be confused with the locally owned Fairmont Development Group, Inc.
"This is our first project in Fairmont," said Rick Johnson, a partner in the Wisconsin-based development firm. "... We were able to secure the tenants, so we decided to proceed."
According to Johnson, the development group - owned by himself and businessman Patrick Flynn - has done several similar projects in Minnesota.
Both Maurices and Wireless World issued press releases describing their new location and their companies.
Maurices will continue to be open for business in the mall while the Goemann Road shopping center is under construction, according to a written statement from the company.
"Although we are disappointed to leave our current location, we are very excited about opening a brand new store that will offer our customers an exciting new fresh decor and design that is easy and fun to shop," commented store manager Becky Schmidt.
A grand opening of the 5,000-square foot store at 1241 Goemann Road will be sometime in October.
"We look for the best opportunity in each market," said John Schroeder, senior vice president of stores. "The new development in the area we are moving into looked like the perfect opportunity to continue to reach Maurices' target customer."
Maurices, which owns more than 750 stores in 44 states, offers fashion for girls with a "twenty-something attitude" in sizes 1-24.
Wireless World began in 1997 and has grown into the largest Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer in the Great Plains. The new site in Fairmont will be the 30th store in a five-state area. The store will have a full line of features: phones, multimedia phones and smartphones, such as BlackBerry and Droid devices; mobile broadband devices; and the accessories that go with them, all backed by Verizon Wireless.
Wireless World will be looking for people to join its team as wireless sales specialists.